Atlanta United

George Bello joins Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld from Atlanta United

Lizzy Becherano
 Atlanta United player George Bello makes his move to the Bundesliga
Atlanta United player George Bello makes his move to the Bundesliga / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Atlanta United have finally announced the move of homegrown player George Bello to German Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld. 

George Bello first joined the Atlanta United academy in 2016 before signing a homegrown contract a year later. He became a standout during the 2020 MLS campaign, featuring in 20 matches for the Eastern Conference side. 

In 2021, he earned an MLS All-Star Game selection. 

Internationally, Bello has six caps with the USMNT and featured in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup final. 

The full-back’s move would earn Atlanta United approximately a $2m transfer fee plus sell-on percentage.

“Each player has a different path in their development, but George is a shining example of one of those pathways that our club can offer,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement.

“He joined our original Academy program in 2016 and soon signed as a Homegrown at just 15 years old. He then made his mark at USL level, went on to debut with our First Team and ultimately played his way onto the U.S. Men’s National Team. For George, his desire was to move to Europe for an opportunity to continue his development and we wish him continued success with Bielefeld.”